“Crash their elbow into their head”
– – – transmitted in the Yamamoto-ha
– – – reported by Keisetsu YOSHIMARU in Aikido no Ogi
“Even in the roppo of kabuki, it is not only a matter of shape or form: arm movements and the stepping of the feet are informed by [an essential] vigilance in relation to the enemy[ies]; [and] a body without [discernable] arc or bow is [absolutely] necessary.”
– – – reported by Kodo HORIKAWA Sensei to Seigo OKAMOTO Sensei
– – – Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu p.207
Once, at the beginning of the Taisho era, Takeda Sokaku, while staying for a short while in Tokyo, had an opportunity to go out to the theatre. Sokaku, having set up camp near the hanamichi was observing Kikugoro’s movements. He was [playing] Benkei, at the Ataka Barrier. Making to chase after Yoshitsune’s party after they exited, Kikugoro was stepping along the hanamichi near where Sokaku had set himself.
At that moment, Sokaku commented: “the performance is good, but the footwork is bad: the roppo is really bad,” …